Posted on March 6, 2013
lindsay and cal married… november 3. 2012… i’ve spent all day looking back thru lindsay and cal’s wedding day, and i can say it was one of The most fun groups of people ever!! they have some killer friends. and a wonderful family. and boy they know how to throw a party!! so besides the Gorgeous venue, the oaks at salem, and some kick ass vendors, and one heck of a party, i can with 100% confidence say that lindsay loves cal. and cal loves lindsay. and i think they are pretty awesome. and now i miss their wedding day a whole bunch….
deep breath…. this is a long one….
love having beautiful light at JUST the right moment! and love the way lindsay and cal look at each other!!
party group… can you tell???? SOOOO fun!!!!!
now from here on out, i hope i don’t embarrass anyone… but i just Love these pictures because its very, well, their night…..
cal, you are the man.
… love this. love her….
and here we are! da crew.
just a wonderful wonderful wonderful day…. lindsay and cal, yall are just perfect for each other. thank you for letting us be a part of your day. <3
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Posted on March 4, 2013
Now before all of you film and digital avengers start raining down upon me all of the virtues of both, give me a chance to explain my thoughts on this very subject and then take from that what you will. I feel I need to start with the part of photography that I have a real love for and that would be the cameras. I collect cameras of all types sizes and makers, but I have a real fondness for polaroids and Rangefinder’s. I primarily shoot with a Nikon D700 when Im shooting digital and a Nikon D100 or Nikon FA when shooting 135 film using Kodak Portar 400 most of the time. If I am shooting medium format film aka 120 or 620 I use either a Kowa or Yashica MAT. I tell you that for this reason, to me the camera body I use really makes more of a difference when im shooting digital than when shooting film. All things being equal the bodies on digital cameras are what make the picture what they are far more so than the bodies on film cameras. The digital sensor both in size and capability are really what will create the pictures that you take. Where as the body on a film camera does not do the same thing. The film or the emulsion on the film is what creates the picture that you see. So, can you really see a difference in pictures taken with a digital camera and pictures taken with film….yes you can.
That realization really set in with me earlier this year when a client asked me to create a slideshow of his daughter as she grew up to be shown at her wedding. Gary Todd (our FOB here) sent me a disk with pictures of his daughter Ashley from birth until just a few months before she was to be married. I looked through everything first and then started putting them in order and noticed rather quickly that I could almost tell when Gary stopped using film and started going digital. I found myself going back to pictures he took when Ashley was little and was really taken aback at how much I liked them. The colors, the light, the depth the overall sense I got from them was warm and caring.
He took great pictures of Ashley when he began to go digital but none of them had the same kind of effect. You might say but Richie she was little and cute and of course you feel a little more nostalgic towards them. I thought about that, and thats not the case. The coloring is nowhere near the same. In the digital world we call this “processing” (which ironically is a film term) and without some program or application there is no “processing” just a picture taken with a digital sensor. Where as with film the “processing” is built into the film its called the “emulsion” and every type film and speed of film has a different emulsion which in turn will give you a different “process” or “filter” or color profile. No computer is needed only a photo lab, or if you know how a few chemicals and about 15 minutes. So, is there really a difference….yes there is.
You all know that I shoot digital professionally all of the time. I know exactly what we have to do in order to get our images to “look” like we want them to. We get the technical stuff right in the camera when its taken (focus, exposure, comp) we then go to photoshop and run our on “secret formula” on every image to get the look that we and our clients love. A look that is not so surprisingly like….film. So I decided to really test this theory to really see if I could get a noticable difference by shooting a session with film using my favorite emulsion (kodak portra 400) Our daughter Maegan was turning sixteen and so I did a session with her and my sexy wife Jamie.
The results spoke for themselves and were more than I expected. All I did was shoot 35mm film in a 30 year old Rangefinder Camera using a light meter for exposure, and send to a professional lab for development/prints. No backups, no computers no photoshop, just shoot and send…done. Is there a difference in film and digital….yes there is.
Now, I know it sounds like I’m trashing digital and praising film, but really thats not how I feel about it. I am simply discovering for myself what the differences are between digital and film. I am exploring my profession in the many ways that can be presented. I truly do want to master my craft and in doing so I must explore without bias (or with as little as is possible) both digital and film in all of the arenas that they are found. In the end whats important to me is not how I got the picture, but rather….the picture itself. If film gives me the feeling and sense of emotion that I am trying to convey then its film. If digital and then the abundant amount of filters and processing that is possible give me that same sense then its digital. The sad truth is that film is a dying technology and is certainly not the future but before it is gone before it is no longer viable, I want to have a far greater understanding of that which got us to where we are today. I want to have a solid connection to that little piece of plastic we call film that has for so many years given us some of the most profound and evocative images we have ever known.
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Posted on February 25, 2013
meet mr langston… he’s been in this world for six months and we happen to love his parents. a lot. so lucky to have gotten to be a part of their lives for the past four years!! and this lil guy…. look at that smile! nothing like a Happy Baby! (and it was Not warm out and langston couldn’t have cared less!) seriously, love you allison and eric! you have one CUTE KID!
(and allison is a phenomenal wedding coordinator…. just sayin….)
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Posted on February 22, 2013
“with all this rain, our knot will be tied TIGHT!” hadley and andy were engaged under the water tower at the american tobacco campus. what better spot to be married than right there under the tower… right?? well mother nature had other plans on the day of their wedding. lots of radar watching went on this day. decisions about whether to move it inside or hope that it stayed dry during the ceremony time. but through it all you wouldn’t have found a more calm and collected couple than hadley and andy. they were like “whatever will be will be!” so weather was one thing i think about when i remember their day. the Other thing i remember is the chicken and waffles…. haha! this was my introduction to chicken and waffles. and now i feel like my life is a little more complete! durham catering did the most Delicious and Beautiful food at the reception! and man i’d love to hunt them down for some more chicken and waffles!! this wedding really was Full of The Best vendors… dana from c&d events did a fabulous job dealing with the weather and switching up the location of the ceremony. no way the day would have run as smooth without her! citrine salon… nothing but Amazing things to say about them!!! gorgeous hair. always. (AND a photographers dream to shoot in their salon! such gorgeous light!) tre bella did the beautiful flowers and the cupcake cake was by sweet memories (MMMmmmm love cupcakes at weddings!!!) joe bunn, the leader in professionally talented dj’s in wake and durham county, rocked out the reception. seriously, i’m not sure you could have gotten a more talented group of vendors if you tried! hadley and andy, you know we love yall! i know your wedding day wasn’t Exactly how you planned it, but it was an Awesome day and we were honored to have been a part of it!! and hadley, i want your reception dress to wear at least once. xxoo
radar discussion… radar watching…..
awesome gift from andy…. a “mrs” necklace! (good job andy!!)
LOVED her dress!!!
more rain….. (love the clear umbrellas tho!!)
the guys got to the tobacco campus Right Before the rain hit. so they got in some outdoor shots around campus! (love the bow ties!)
and FABULOUS shoes!!! i have men’s shoe envy!!!
green… awesome…. flowers…. awesome….. ladies…. awesome….
then JUST as the ceremony ended, the skys dried up for a quick session outside!
yes, they are like gorgeous together…
and the water tower they were supposed to get hitched under….
LOOK!!! above on the left… CHICKEN AND WAFFLES WITH PECAN SYRUP!!!!!!!! heaven. i’m tellin ya, heaven.
this is hadley’s brother in law. MEGA talented. his wife, hadley’s sister, and he both work in broadway in NYC. incredible dancers, singers, everything! i could have watched them for Hours!
joe bunn dj….. bringin down da Hawse…..
her dress…. hadley. i just want to wear it once. maybe twice if you insisted. FABulous!
love yall! best love stack Ever! i still think you should do an after session with foster and tucker!! just sayin….
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Posted on February 15, 2013
two weekends ago, on a quite chilly february day, caitlin and grant were married. these two are total class. and sooooo sweet! it was Such a for real honor to get to spend their day with them! and so flattering for them to trust us with Every single part of their day… including braving the cold for the gorgeous outside pictures and doing a first look! and Check Out this custom dress from Maggi Bridal in raleigh!!! they Custom Made the sleeves for this dress! seriously stunning!!! caitlin and grant, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day! we love you both!! <3
band: skate rink jukebox videography: steven ebert planner extraordinaire AND matron of honor AND one of our brides: allison vidana
((goooooo heels!!!)) i’m not biased over these suspenders… at all. ha!
and their first look, which grant says was the best decision they made all day… they really are awesomesauce. seriously. you just don’t get to have this physical emotional connection during a ceremony.
one of caitlin’s gifts to grant was this 74 rolls royce for the day!! he was Shocked! way cool idea caitlin!! (love her parents peeping in on the side!)
and another fabulous thing about a first look… that you can exchange gifts Together. i LOVE this part! <3
“lets DO this!!!!”
pom-poms… FABULOUS idea! ((goooo heels again!)) ha
and for the record, grants pretty anti-obama…
congrats caitlin and grant!!! lets do your wedding again Every year! xxoo
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Posted on February 12, 2013
gotta momma-brag a minute!! meet jaden. shes the performer. she’s done dance for years, and then this year wanted to try cheer (AND still do dance, so it’s been a Tad busy around here…). this cheer stuff is new to her AND i. its a learning process for sure. she’s done three competitions this winter and they didn’t do too well the first two. but these girls have worked SO hard and did an AMAZING job this past weekend!!! they placed FIRST out of four teams! and the coolest part is that this group are “part-timers” meaning they practice half as much as the full season girls they competed against, and go to half as many competitions. so for these girls to get first was just THE BEST feeling! i had tears. jaden had tears (and the Good kind, not the “i didn’t do very well” tears). she smiled the whole rest of the day! its crazy being a cheer mom, with all the hair to keep perfect and the makeup and the lipstick and that bow on her head, so i didn’t get many pictures with my nikon, but wanted to share a few from her day in the dean dome…. (GO HEELS!!!!) love you jaden!!! soooo proud of all your hard work!!!
(in the picture above, shes the flyer on the far right! shes a base in the two pictures on the left)
FIRST PLACE BABY!!!!! : )
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Posted on February 12, 2013
and now a super fun wedding from this past fall…. ann brady and david…. they were married at first presbyterian in burlington which is one of the THE prettiest churches around! then they had their reception at a NEW venue in alamance county, starlight meadow! food was by the Incredible johnny bakatias… flowers by lyn moser (ALWAYS stunning!!!)… cakes by delicious cakes in greensboro (and it tasted as good as it Looked which doesn’t always happen!)… and the reception jammed to music by randy “bad boy” smith. (sidenote, this was the first wedding i ever heard “gangnam style” at and the kids that were there that danced to it…. WOW!!!! they could go on tour! ha!). oh, and hair by the always amazing, simplicity salon in burlington! LOVE the gracefulness of ann brady and how easy going david is! so sweet in love they are! it was a pleasure to photograph their wedding!! <3
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